This postcard is one of those delightful, hair-pulling enigmas. Perhaps you recognize this painting, but I had no success tracking down any information. The upside to that means that it is a rather rare gem! Printed in Milano, marked T.A.M. 7511 on the edge and "Official Audit (?) Printing N. 2170" at one end. It could be my imagination but I think there is a very, very faint artist's signature on the front, bottom left corner.
French script verso and the hand-written date looks to be 9/11 of 1918 or possibly 1915.
It is creased all the way across the top but the image is stunning in the contrast and richness of the colors. The half-naked woman appears to be almost floating through the air as she carries a torch in one hand and a tambourine in the other. The paleness of her skin against the night background, the richness of the flowing red gown -- and don't forget the crown of green ivy. Definitely Greek or Roman overtones. The card paper has a texture a bit hard to describe, but hopefully between the direct scans and the photos, you can see what I'm talking about. Same holds true for the colors. The exact shade of red is hard to pin down, but between all the pictures, you get the idea and in hand, I feel confident in saying that you'll be pleased.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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